BootPowerRatings - 10/30

TreeBoy takes his latest jabs at the esteemed members of the Pac-10. It's remarkable that the BootComputer hands someone a BPR of 87, yet sits them fourth in the conference! Read on for this week's entertaining and revealing look at the Pac.

Pac-10 BootPowerRatings

As of 10/30/01

Below are our exclusive BootPowerRatings™ of the Pac-10 conference. Each week during the football season, we will release our secret-formula rating of all teams of the Pac-10. The BootPowerRating™ (BPR) is calculated by utilizing a range of factors rumored to include: past results, statistics, common-opponent comparative results factor, strength-of-schedule, home-stadium environment, cheerleader attitude and an unrevealed school spirit multiplier. The resulting rating score falls within a 1-100 scale, where 100 approximates a Rose Bowl-bound team and a score of 1 is somewhere south of D-1.

1. Stanford
In the last 2 years, Stanford has faced three opponents ranked #5, and each time Chris Lewis was the wining quarterback when all was said and done. Not given much of a chance by anyone outside of the Bay Area, Lewis lead the Cardinal on a rampage that included ripping off 31 unanswered points against one of the best defenses in the country. This win not only put the Card right in the middle of the BCS hunt, but assured Cardinalmaniacs™ that the offense will be in good hands in the future. One more hurdle remains, but for some reason it doesn't look so high this year. The Boot Computer says the 26-year winless streak in Seattle will come to an end this weekend. [The]
2. Oregon
The Mallards should already be drafting their thank-you cards to Phillip Fullmer for kicking Onterrio Smith off the Tennessee football team. Thanks also need to be sent out to coach Mike Belotti, whose low standards for behavior allowed Smith to remain on the team even after a drunken driving arrest. Smith stayed sober long enough to lead the Quack-attack against the previously top-ranked Coug rush defense and set a school record in the process. The much maligned Duck defense toughened up to stifle the potent Cougar offense, holding them to a season low 17 points. Oregon will try not to look past the Solar Satans this weekend at home. [eDuck Sports]
Coming into their showdown with Stanford, the knock on the Bruins was that they hadn't been tested by a good team yet. Well, they have now, and they failed. It wasn't just that they gave up more points than in their previous 3 games combined, or that their high profiled running game couldn't get anything going, or even the fact that Corey Paus couldn't hit water if he fell out of a boat. It was all of those things combined that lead to the Bruin's downfall. No time to go into hibernation and sulk as the Cougars come prowling into the Rose Bowl. [Bruin Report Online]
4. Washington St.
Does Mike Price know you can have 11 defenders on the field during a play? It sure didn't seem like it when the Ducks ran over, under and mostly through a Coug defense to the tune of 446 rushing yards. Despite that atrocity, Wazzu still had a chance to tie the game in the waning seconds, but Mike Bush failed to haul in two jump balls, sparing the Ducks anymore Tao nightmares. WSU may have beaten Stanford, but the Card are sure making life difficult for the Cougs by angering their next opponents. Those pissed-off Bruins lie in wait in LA this weekend. []
5. Washington
Yawn. Another last second win for the Mutts. It isn't dramatic anymore, it's matter of fact. Their 4 conference wins this year have been by 3, 3, 3 and most recently, 2 points. The Huskies Achilles heel continues to be their inability to stop the run as they rank 8th (behind kal) in the Pac. Not a good sign for the Pups as the bulldozer known as the Stanford Cardinal bring their wrecking crew up to Seattle on Saturday. []
6. Arizona St.
Saturdays last second loss brought back too many bad memories from last year for Sun Devil fans, who really needed this win to secure a bowl bid. Perhaps the meaningless two point conversion they converted in a blowout win against UL-Lafayette came back to haunt them as the failed 2 points was the margin of defeat against the Dawgs. Tough game in Eugene this weekend against a refocused Duck squad. []
7. Oregon St.
The Rodents kept their slim bowl hopes alive by outlasting those mighty Bears 19-10. The Pelted Ones will need an upset against either U-Dub or the Ducks, but that seems unlikely considering they just surrendered 225 yards to a Joe Igber-less ground attack. No easy task this weekend in Compton where the Beavs haven't won since the facemask became standard issue on helmets. [Beaver Sports Central]
8. USC
Dominated in nearly every statistic by the Mildcats, $¢ parlayed two Jason Johnson picks into touchdowns, the last of which broke a 34-34 tie. After the game, Pete Carroll was asked to comment on the INT's and had this to say; "We work on those every week in practice, not by design, but because Carson Palmer is that bad." One can only wonder what kind of inspiring words Petey will come up with to get his boys ready to face the Beavers, a team lead by a fellow NFL-failed coach. []
9. Arizona
In a scheduling quirk, the bottom 4 teams in the conference are about to finish the last game of a two-week tournament to find out just who is the weakest link. The Pussycats, guided by the wisdom of John Mackovic, have advanced to the finals and are eager to have their leader's name etched in the school's record book as the only coach to go winless in conference play. A loss to kal this weekend would go along way in clinching that dubious distinction. []
10. California
Finding new ways to lose every week, the Barely Bears pulled a trick play involving an interception that turned into a TD for the Beavs. Turnovers have been a commonality in kal's scheme this year as they are dead last in the Pac-10 in turnover margin with an eye popping -18. Horrendous doesn't even begin to describe it. This weekends game with Arizona is for losers bragging rights as both teams drag their 0-5 records in conference play to the table. [CyberBears]

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